KYIV, Ukraine, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Ukraine has opened the rocket
engine airframes disposal facility in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. Its
operation allows for environmentally friendly disposal of the RS-22
(SS-24) missile components and contributes to international security.
The launch of the facility has been the result of negotiations between
the U.S. President Barack Obama and the President of Ukraine Viktor
Yanukovych back in April 2010.
Ukraine has entered the final stage of the fulfillment of its
international commitments stipulated by to the Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty, said the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych at the opening
The newly opened facility will house the destruction of RS-22 missiles,
developed in 1980s by the Design Bureau Yuzhnoye in Dnipropetrovsk.
Created to counter American Peacekeeper (the MX missile), RS-22
featured nuclear warheads and had a range of 10,000 kilometers, informs
Over three years ago, the U.S. has agreed to contribute to the
destruction of Ukraine's intercontinental ballistic missiles and its
components. Currently, USA's contribution to the project approaches USD
20 million - 90 percent of the total project cost. The funding helped
create an industrial research center at the Ukrainian chemical plant -
Pavlohradskyi Khimichnyi Zavod. The center allows for environmentally
friendly melting of the RS-22 (SS-24) missile airframes, as well as
safe waste and solid fuel disposal. In March 2013, the plant launched
landmine destruction line.
Ukraine has been positioning itself as a peaceful country since the
declaration of independence in 1991. It has since been ridding itself
of the Soviet military heritage.
In 1992, Ukraine joined the Lisbon Protocol, which made it party to the
1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. In December 1994, Ukraine joined
the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and proclaimed
its non-nuclear status. The last nuclear warhead was shipped from
Ukraine to Russia in 1996. In March 2012, Ukraine completely removed
the remaining amounts of highly enriched uranium from its territory.
At the moment, Ukraine is disposing of 133,000 tons of obsolete
ammunition under the 12-year NATO-Partnership Trust Fund project.
Launched in 2006, the project has entered its second stage in April
2012. The stage envisions the destruction of conventional munitions,
small arms, and three million PFM-1 landmines.
SOURCE: Worldwide News Ukraine
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